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Tech Coop considers Cambridge Center site

By Craig Jungwirth

First in a series.

The Harvard Cooperative Society (The Coop) is negotiating to relocate the Tech Coop from its present location in the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center to 3 Cambridge Center in Kendall Square by the fall of 1986, according to Dave Barrett, senior vice president of Boston Properties. Boston Properties is the developer of Cambridge Center.

Representatives of The Coop could not be contacted for comment.

"We are having discussions with the Coop that we have been having for quite sometime," Barrett said. "A plan to move the MIT branch of The Coop to Three Cambridge Center ... is now being finalized," said Boston Properties President Edward Linde, in a story which appeared in the Aug. 27 Cambridge Tab.

"We're hopeful that it happens," said Robert Remer, executive deputy director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA). "I think that it would be beneficial to Cambridge Center and add to interest in the Center," if The Coop were to occupy the lower level and first floor of the four-story 3 Cambridge Center.

"Because we are in active discussion, we have been happy to open the design process to The Coop," Barrett explained. Construction on 3 Cambridge Center will begin within 30 to 60 days, he said. But until the design process "is complete, we will not be able to say anything definitive."

The building at 3 Cambridge Center, which would house The Coop, will form the western border of a public plaza to be developed by the CRA, Barrett said.

A Marriott hotel, with 431 rooms and a 10,000 square foot ballroom, will form the northern and eastern boundaries of the public area. Two entrances into a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority "T" stop will open into the plaza.

"All negotiations have taken place in an extremely cooperative setting," said Barrett.

"The [CRA], chaired by Thomas J. Murphy, is very plased with the progress being made in Cambridge Center and believes that The Coop is a valuable acquisition for Boston Properties to have signed, if they so have," Remer said.